Members of the martial arts community — and followers of the arts of Bruce Lee, in particular — suffered a loss on January 7, 2021, when Seattle-based instructor Taky Kimura passed away at age 96. He had been the most senior living student of Lee and one of only three people (along with Dan Inosanto and the late James Yimm Lee) certified by Lee to teach.

He had been the most senior living student of Lee and one of only three people (along with Dan Inosanto and the late James Yimm Lee) certified by Lee to teach. Taky, the son of Japanese immigrants, was born and raised in Washington state. He was the only person of Japanese descent in his high school, but according to his son Andy Kimura, he was treated well in the community and rarely experienced discrimination.

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Straegies and Philosophies from 6 martial arts masters!

Leo Fong is one of the wisest people I know. Now in his ninth decade in the martial arts, he's also one of the most experienced, accomplished and versatile. When he talks, I listen. A few of the pearls he's dispensed over the years have been rattling around in my pocket for some time now.

As a firm believer in the power of principles, Fong encourages his students to seek the deeper truths of the martial arts. "There is an important difference between understanding what makes a clock tick and knowing how to tell the time," he once said.

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I know you know already. Your patience is appreciated. But Dan Inosanto is very important.

And while that part is known, it might be worthwhile to suggest a connection to MMA. Not meant here is that obvious connection that most agree (and strongly assert) exists. Namely, that MMA's history is inexorably linked to Bruce Lee and of course Inosanto his most famous baton-carrying (Kali/Arnis/Eskrima stick?) student. Every fan of MMA shouts at the screen and at any poor soul joining them in the umpteenth viewing of any of the Dragon's films with grappling; "See, I told you! MMA!" Guilty as charged here.

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